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(Hoshi Hou Yuugeki Tai Enjeru Rinkusu)
|Genre||Action, Adventure, Comedy, Science fiction|
|Written by||Takehiko Itō|
|Illustrated by||Rikako Enomoto|
|Published by||Kadokawa Shoten|
|Published||January 12, 1999|
|Hoshi Hou Yuugeki Tai Angel Links|
|Written by||Ibuki Hideaki|
|Published by||Fujimi Shobo|
|Published||April 1998 – August 1999|
|Anime television series|
|Seihō Tenshi Angel Links|
|Directed by||Yūji Yamaguchi|
|Produced by||Atsushi Sugita|
|Written by||Jiro Takayama|
|Music by||Toshihiko Sahashi|
|Studio|| Sunrise |
|Original network||Animax, WOWOW|
|Original run||April 7, 1999 – June 30, 1999|
Angel Links (星方天使エンジェルリンクス, Seihō Tenshi Enjeru Rinkusu, lit. "Angels of the Stars: Angel Links") is an anime television series produced by Sunrise. It was originally aired across the Japanese WOWOW television network from April 7 to June 30, 1999. It is a spin-off of the manga Outlaw Star by Takehiko Itō.
The story follows the 16-year-old protagonist, Meifon Li, who becomes the head of a corporation dedicated to saving transportation companies in outer space from pirates for free, as per her grandfather's dying wish. As the series progresses, she learns a terrifying secret about her grandfather and the reason for his wish.
A series of light novels titled Hoshi Hou Yuugeki Tai Angel Links (星方遊撃隊エンジェルリンクス), written and illustrated by Ibuki Hideaki, began publication prior to the anime series. The anime was released in the U.S. by Bandai. The characters Duuz and Valeria are from an episode of Outlaw Star titled "Law and Lawlessness", and work for Meifon, although there are difference in their personalities between the two shows.
Meifon is voiced by Ryoka Yuzuki in Japanese and Mariette Sluyter in English.
Angel Links was first drafted as a light novel series titled Hoshi Hou Yuugeki Tai Angel Links, penned by Ibuki Hideaki and published under the Fujimi Shobo Dragon Magazine label.A total of four novels were produced and published between April 1998 and August 1999.
A single-volume manga based on the Angel Links anime series was published by Kadokawa Shoten on January 12, 1999. (星方天使エンジェルリンクス -ALL ABOUT MEIFON-) was published by Gakken in Japan on July 27, 1999. Another artbook covering illustrations by character designer Asako Nishida features the artist's contributions to the Outlaw Star and Angel Links series.An art book titled Seihō Tenshi Enjeru Rinkusu: All About Meifon
The 13 episodes that comprise the Angel Links anime series originally aired on Japan's WOWOW television network from April 7 to June 30, 1999. Bandai Visual released the series on DVD in Japan in seven separate volumes from August 25, 1999, to March 25, 2000.A DVD box set containing the entire series was published on July 28, 2006. Yet another box set titled "Emotion the Best: Seihō Tenshi Angel Links" was released in Japan on September 24, 2010. The anime was later licensed for English language distribution in North America by Bandai Entertainment. It was initially released in this region on DVD in four separate volumes and was later compiled into a "Complete Collection" box set on July 1, 2003. Finally, the series was re-released in a box set as part of Bandai's "Anime Legends" label on April 25, 2006. Following the closure of Bandai Entertainment in 2012, Sunrise announced at their panel at Otakon 2013, that Funimation has picked up Angel Links, along with a handful of other former Bandai Entertainment titles.
The musical score of Angel Links was composed by Toshihiko Sahashi. The series features one opening theme, "All My Soul" by Naw Naw, and one closing theme, "True Moon" by Riwako Miyawara. The official soundtrack for the series totalling 62 songs was released in Japan on two albums from May 21, 1999, to July 21, 1999.CD singles for the opening and closing themes have also been released by Bandai.
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